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Address: 80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-5299
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+1 978-283-7673
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

Medieval-style castle built by inventor John Hays Hammond.

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Black Tie, Halloween or Tourist

Halloween and family fun for all ages is one of the best times to go, however, the castle has history beyond each stone. The grounds are breathtaking facing the ocean. Perfect... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 January 2017
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Halloween and family fun for all ages is one of the best times to go, however, the castle has history beyond each stone. The grounds are breathtaking facing the ocean. Perfect for a black tie event, special celebration, etc as you can rent it for your own. Very special place to enjoy.

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

A true English and French castle in Cape Ann. A must see! Medieval architecture with certain stones and doors brought over from Europe. You'll need 1-2 hours. Free parking.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Areal castle from Europe . My Daughter was a tour guide here . A great place to visit with children & adults. Mr Hammond was a serious inventor & collector . Great fun on Halloween . Brides like this this place for their weddings too. We take our guests here to visit. often . Especially like the pool & court... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Drove out to not unsurprisingly find the castle closed in December. Had a bit of a look around the grounds and got the impression that it needs a lot of work to bring it up to standard at least on the outside. Will try and get back to see this in the summer

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Germantown, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

What a place! I really enjoyed walking the grounds and the view from the back walkway was awesome. Sort of eerie but, a very unique place. I recommend it

Thank Loren555
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We were able to walk around the outside of the castle and get some pics but it was closed for the season. Was so strange to me lol. I imagine its interesting inside. The grounds were cool.

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Sacramento, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I'm so glad that I was able to see Hammond Castle. Stunning views from the castle. I enjoyed exploring the castle and discovering new rooms. I laughed out loud when I learned the story behind the statue that the owner had made for his wife.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The grounds are Beautiful. A castle built along the cliffs off Gloucester with crashing waves below, gardens around and the moonlight shining over the eerie water with the sounds of fog horns blowing in the distance. Interesting stories about Hammond, who he was and what he invented. Unfortunate that the tour guides need more training or enthusiasm. There was more... More 

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turlock, california
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This was a great rainy day activity but too many people had the same idea! Very interesting. The man might have been a bit odd but he was brilliant. Wish we could have walked thru the grounds as well but we were happy to be able to take the indoor tour w/a great tour guide, Becky?? ah dear, the memory... More 

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Zsambek, Hungary
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Well it was so astounding that it is difficult to determind if I liked it or no. Very surprising building. Once it was interesting and the story of the life of Mr. Hammond is quite interesting. Unfortunately the quide could have said much more about his work. If you have 1 hour free visit it but not to wait too... More 

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